Common Cottage Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair

Again this year, Warners’ Stellian appliances among other eco-friendly home ideas in the Eco Experience Common Cottage exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair.

Sure the house has a smart design and is constructed from reused and reclaimed materials, but you can also learn tips to improve the house you have: increase the energy efficiency of your home with an energy audit, incorporate composting and recycling systems, improve indoor air quality and install eco-friendly kitchen surfaces and appliances.

And if that doesn’t get you going, there are backyard chickens on the patio, covered by part of the now-defunct Metrodome roof (and a super pretty natural gas grill from Warners’ Stellian).

If you’re intersted in improving the energy efficiency of your home, you’ll be introduced to the best resources for financing your energy improvements, from loans, rebates, tax credits, or grants.

My camera ran out of batteries before I could take pictures of the STUNNING kitchen, with its blue-green colored reclaimed cabinets and recycled glass counter tops, but I can show you the smart and sexy appliances we chose to showcase this year:

Liebherr refrigerator

The architects on this project specifically requested Liebherr, and we couldn’t have agreed more. Liebherr goes beyond being super energy efficient (27% over federal standards) to become the most sustainable refrigerators; its refrigerators are manufactured in the greenest way out there. Plus, its two compressors ensure premium food preservation. Basically, your fresh (local?) foods will last way longer because the dry air from the freezer won’t disturb the humidity in the refrigerator.

Electrolux induction range

Elements on this Electrolux induction range automatically detect the presence of magnetic cookware, activate the induction field and adjust it to the exact size of the pan. This means that no energy is wasted heating anything else but the cookware holding your food. Induction is 20% more efficient than electric and 70% more efficient than gas, though it boasts the same power and responsiveness that cooks love.

Bosch dishwasher

Not only is it whisper quiet, this Bosch dishwasher uses only 2.4 gallons of water per wash; the average kitchen faucet flows about 4 to 7 gallons per minute!

LG washer/dryer combination

 

This ventless LG washer / dryer combo takes up less space and washes and dry in one appliance. Plus the washer is Energy Star rated, meaning it uses less energy and water to do its job.

If this doesn’t make you want to buy a Liebherr humidor

Warners’ Stellian brought in a custom cigar roller for an event we hosted last week, and the cigars were a hit.

Many of us had never smoked a freshly rolled cigar, nor watched the process, so it was certainly a treat.

Our Liebherr humidor XS200 wasn’t for sale (photo left), as this was a trade association event, but it was such a hit, we actually sold some right there. While it doesn’t come with a custom cigar roller, the Liebherr humidor is the perfect addition to any cigar aficionado’s collection.

Haven’t heard of the Liebherr humidor? Read my previous post.

Liebherr cigar humidor blows no smoke

We’ve seen growing online interest in Warners’ Stellian’s Liebherr Cigar Humidor in the past month. I figured I’d learn about this product that’s enjoyed such a spike in orders.

Liebherr is a German company known as a high-end refrigeration specialist. Its XS 200 is a quality glass-front humidor that not only delivers the electronic humidor preservation a cigar lover looks for, but its styling looks totally distinctive.

When I think of a cigar humidor, I think of a wooden box-style humidor of my dad’s that used to sit on an end table in our house. (Not the most attractive showpiece.)

The XS200, on the other hand, has Liebherr’s sleek, European styling and a stainless steel — not wood — cabinet. Spanish cedar wood is used for the shelving and is removable if desired or for cleaning.  After its recent European launch, the XS 200 won a prestigious red dot award for design.

But prettiness aside, humidity and temperature control are the main reasons for a humidor. Without humidity and temperature control, your cigars could suffer an outbreak of tobacco beetles, whose voracious appetite could ravage your collection.

How do you feel about sharing your cigar collection with this cuddly fella?

Liebherr’s MagicEye control system, with three control circuits and four fans, allows individual settings for humidity (between 68%-75%) and temperature (between 61 degrees and 68 degrees).

The integrated water tank holds distilled water regulated by sensors and a visual display, which alerts the owner to refill. Liebherr’s humidor responds to a change in humidity and temperature within minutes, which is important because constancy is crucial in cigar preservation.

Other key features include:

LED lighting — not only does it look better than standard lighting, it emits virtually no heat to compromise your collection. (And the dimmer function helps you choose just the right “mood lighting” for your cigar collection display — whatever mood that may be.)

Activated charcoal filter — ensures fresh, clean air flow

Glass-front door — allows owner to monitor temperature and humidity control display to avoid frequent door-opening that could affect conditions inside the humidor

Water reservoir — insusceptible to mold and rot, easy to clean, and holds 3 months worth of water at a time

Liebherr’s XS-200 measures 24-1/8″ high, 16-3/4″ wide and 18-7/8″ deep.

Warners’ Stellian currently offers the XS 200 for $2,599, which includes free shipping to anywhere we can sell Liebherr (peach-colored states).

What’s you’ll see at the Warners Stellian Warehouse Sale

So, we have some pretty sweet deals on hand for this weekend’s Extreme Warehouse Sale.

While quantities last, we have three pairs of laundry that have been priced to move:


(gas dryer extra on first and third pictured pair)

And those looking for a new refrigerator have the chance to get a LG French-door refrigerator at rock-bottom prices.

But, quantities are limited, so deals can only last as long as your fellow customers allow them to.

We’re getting A LOT of calls from people with specific model numbers in mind, wanting to know what products would be included in our sale.

He was very understanding when I explained to him that we have more than 2,000 products on display for this sale.

And truly don’t know what’s down there until we see it all Saturday morning!

But with more than 2,000 products, we generally have something for everyone, or at least for the majority of the nearly 2,400 groups of customers that came out for our last warehouse sale.

Other big discounts include an Energy Star Maytag dishwasher in stainless steel for $349 and a stainless steel Fridgidaire self-clean gas range for $499, while quantities last (both pictured below).

A selection of brands that “never go on sale” will be available (again, while quantities last), including Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking, Liebherr and Electrolux. Customers can save up to 80% on professional-style built-in models. Jenn-Air wall ovens, for example, will start at $599 and you can save $1,000 off Electrolux French-door ice & water refrigerators.

We’ll have some of my personal favorite, steam laundry, at the sale for $1499 for a washer/dryer pair.

Maybe your kitchen and laundry room is all set, but you’ve got your eye on a grill or wine refrigerator. We’ll have those, along with Miele vacuums starting at $329.

Make sure to study my tips on HOW TO: Shop the Warners’ Stellian Warehouse Sale like a pro.